Posts Tagged ‘up’

First Look Photo: Spring Birds are Back

March 29, 2017

At the close of every Winter, there are several signs that the Spring weather is here to stay.  The cardinals singing is one of them, but the next sign is the return of the Spring birds, of which the Cedar Waxwing is one of them.  I spotted this one on Sunday, on my walk home.

Cedar Waxwing

Photo Friday: To Bee

August 5, 2016

This week I was out shooting for my school assignments, when I happened on some cone flowers that were buzzing with bumble bees.  With my love of shooting close ups, I couldn’t resist the opportunity.  It wasn’t part of my school assignment, but you take the shots as they come.

Bumble Bee

Day 88: I Look Up

April 29, 2012

I Look Up

 

I don’t idolize you

Because you are beautiful,

Beauty doesn’t always last.

 

I don’t respect you

Because you have money,

Money can’t buy my love.

 

I don’t love you

Because you are perfect,

Perfection is a dream no man can reach.

 

I look up to you

Because you gave me the one thing I needed most,

A listening ear.

Holy cow, I slept late!

March 19, 2012

When I woke up, I realized it was 3:30, and I had a half an hour to start dinner, and get ready for work.  Poem definitely tomorrow.

This is the face I made when I woke up.

 

Don’t give up on your talent.

May 24, 2010

Whether you acknowledge it, or deny it, we all have talents.  Do you remember the first time you realized your ability?  I certainly do.

I was in second grade, and we had to write a short story based on a picture.  The picture in this case was a man cleaning up his yard, palm fronds were everywhere.  He had a disappointed look on his face as he surveyed the damage.  Obviously it was the aftermath of a hurricane.  Most of the other kids wrote stories that read like news stories, in a very basic way, of course.  My story was more like the War of the Worlds.  My teacher, Ms. Fitz, pulled me aside after class, and told me I should consider pursuing a career in writing.

That was the first time I had some idea of my ability in writing, and creative arts.  This kind of story is not unique to me.  Everyday kids and adults are informed of their unique abilities.  The problem is that throughout the years pressure from family to follow a certain path, and peer pressure from friends, keep our true talent under the surface.

I’m not talking to those who have the advantage of following their dreams without so much as a negative comment; I’m talking to those who have been told their talent is stupid, or worthless.  I was always told that my talents in the creative arts will never be able to pay the bills, and that there are always better people than me at writing, and photography.  I don’t deny that I’m not the best, I accept that.  So what makes a talent?  There are two ingredients.

The first is ability.  Some people say that it means you don’t have to work as hard as others, but that isn’t true.  I went to school with a kid who had a wonderful sense of humor, but he had no natural artistic ability; his older brother had that.  Every day, he would draw, and with a tremendous amount of hard work, he eventually became extremely good at drawing, even surpassing his brother.  He put his own sense of humor into his drawings, and made some of the funniest comics I ever had the pleasure of reading.

Just because you aren’t good at it the first time doesn’t mean you can’t get the ability, just work hard, and don’t give up.

The second is drive.  This part is even more important than a natural ability.  Without it, you will never succeed.  Think back to a time to when you first learned to ride a bike, or learned to cook.  Did you get it right the first time?  Probably not; no one ever does.  More than likely, you fell of the bike several times before you could stay up; or you baked a cake with two cups of baking soda, and two tablespoons of flour. (or was that just me)  In the end you kept at it, and learned from your mistakes until you got it right.

It’s a proven fact that you will only learn what you are motivated to learn, and that motivation, becomes the drive.  If you have a drive to do something, don’t ever let anyone stop you.  If you feel something is important, then that is what you should pursue.  It may take some hard work, but if it’s important to you, then it will be worth the effort.

Enjoy,

Allen

All roads lead to a career

July 19, 2009

The career you choose will depend on several factors; family pressure, what you study in college, friends, and sometimes even by accident.  The question is how do you know you have found the right career for you?  Living out your parents’ dream of becoming a doctor or a lawyer may seem noble, but you were not put on this Earth to live out your parents’ dreams.

When looking for the right career for you, you have to think of yourself as an individual with unique abilities.  I used to work for a company where the manager wanted me to replace him when he retired.  He made this decision without asking me if I wanted the position.  As far as I was concerned the job was nowhere near where I wanted to be career wise.

When I was much younger, I knew what I wanted to do with my life.  Every job I had, and every career I considered all led me back to one thing; I would find a way to turn it into writing and photography.  Of course, I gave into career pressures to some extent, settling for a job in a grocery store with the night crew.  Even though I don’t like the job much, and I definitely know it’s not the career for me, I’m getting more material for writing.  I’m also pulling in a steady income while so many others are out of work.

Just because I work at a grocery store doesn’t mean I can’t pursue my real career choice.  There is no time limit on your career choice unless you’re talking about professional sports, or fashion modeling.  Many people have started their careers after they retire.  The trick to the right career is never give up.

Making a plan can also help you to reach your career goal.  Sometimes the jobs you have along the way, if looked at creatively, can help you reach a future career goal.  I know, how can a night job stocking shelves help a writing career?  While working at night, it gives me a chance to learn about products, marketing, and saving money, and then I can pass that along in blogs and articles.

When you make a career plan, start from your current position, job wise, because you can only move forward.  Ask yourself these questions; what can I learn from my current job about my career choice?  What education do I still need?  What resources do I already have?  How can I make the best use of those resources?

These are good starting questions.  As time, and the answers become clear, you will come up with other questions.  It’s best to stick to the plan you come up with, and don’t rush it.  If you try to jump ahead too fast, you can become confused, and the whole plan can fall apart.

Let me leave you with this; figuring out your perfect career is easy.  Pursuing the perfect career for you is the hardest job you’ll ever have.  Obtaining the perfect career is the sweetest victory you’ll ever know, and it’s worth all the work. Don’t give up, and you will have it.

Challenge: If you haven’t already started your real career, start making plans today.  You have nothing to lose.

Enjoy,
Allen

How do you know when your project is a waste of time?

February 23, 2009

This past week I saw a question I have seen, and heard, for years.  “How do you  know when you’re wasting your time on a project?” or “When should I give up on what I’m working on?”  Same basic question.  These are questions that every creative person has faced at least 3,000 times.(I picked a number)  As a writer, and photographer, I wrestle with this all the time.  I call this the anti-conscience.  The anti-conscience is the voice that tells you  “you’re no good“, and that “you’ll never amount to anything, that what you’re doing is worthless.”

Don’t let it win.  Writers have to fight these feelings off all the time, with every rejection slip, with every critique, this voice chimes in.  It tells us that we can’t write and should give up without a fight.  Before you run to the corner, with your head hanging in shame, just remember that even the greatest have had to face this problem.

We all have dreams, and when we persue those dreams the anti-conscience has an opening to shut us down.  Sometimes we can give ourselves the strength to go on, and sometimes we need to look to others for the inspiration and guidance, but in the end we can never give up.  Our dreams give us hope that we can make a difference, our hope gives us faith to believe in our abilities, and faith gives us the strength to see it happen.

As long as we don’t give up on our dreams, we can keep this voice under control, and it will never win.  Only then will our dreams come true.

Challenge: If the anti-conscience is still strong, and you feel you can’t go on, let these publishing statistics inspire you.  Print them and put them where they can help you the most.

1)  Mary Higgins Clark’s first story was rejected 40 times.

2) Alex Haley’s “Roots” was rejected 200 times.

3) “A Time to Kill” by John Grisham was declined by 15 publishers & 30 agents.

4) “Robinson Crusoe” was rejected by 20 publishers

5) “Harry Potter” was rejected 30 times.

6) Zelda wouldn’t marry F. Scott Fitzgerald until he sold his first story.  He used the rejection slips to wallpaper his bedroom.

Enjoy,
Allen